Melody Thomas Scott, who stars as Nikki Reed Newman on The Young and the Restless,
joined the cast of the CBS daytime drama in February 1979. She was nominated
for the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1999.
Melody's prior television credits have included a recurring role on the CBS
series The Waltons. She has also appeared on My Three Sons and Ironside.
Additional television credits include the miniseries Studs Lonigan and the
made-for-television movies Moviola and Secrets.
She has co-starred in films with some of Hollywood's most popular leading
men, including The Shootist with John Wayne and Dirty Harry with Clint Eastwood.
She appeared twice with the legendary Kirk Douglas in the films Posse and The Fury.
Melody attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in
music. She began her show business career at the age of three under the
tutelage of renowned coach Ethel Meglin, who helped launch the career of
Shirley Temple. Melody studied singing, tap dancing, ballet and jazz and became
one of the Meglin Kiddies, performing at U.S.O. shows in Southern California.
Melody made her motion picture debut at age eight in the Alfred Hitchcock film
Melody is married to Edward Scott, executive producer of The Young and the Restless.
In 1989, they co-founded the Save the Earth Foundation, an organization that
endeavors to create awareness about environmental issues. The couple has three
daughters, Alexandra, Jennifer and Elizabeth.
Melody's birthday is April 18. She stands 5' 6" tall and has blonde hair and
In February of 1999, Melody celebrated 20 years on Y&R.